November 21, 2017

Bundesliga Weekend Wrap: He said what?

The final whistle has blown, the heat of battle has just abated and the Bundesliga trainer is quickly thrust in front of a microphone to give his take on the action.

Whether his side have won, lost or drawn, whether a controversial incident is still seething inside, he gives his reaction and we bring you the best of the Bundesliga trainer soundbites.

1FC Köln 1-3 Hamburger SV

Peter Stöger: “We didn’t defend well enough against the second ball. We tried and wanted to set the pace. But Hamburg made the most of their set-pieces. The opening two defeats have nothing to do with the Europa League. We now have to pick up points in our next game.”

Markus Gisdol: “Köln were dominant in the first half, but were alert. It is really nice that we go into the international break with six points.

Werder Bremen 0-2 Bayern Munich

Alexander Nouri: “We defended well until the 70th minute. We conceded the second goal too quickly. We were very hard-running, so the final pass was often stray when switching play.

“We played really well for most of the game, but our transition play, turning defence into attack, was not good enough.”

Carlo Ancelotti: “I’m very happy with the result. It was an important victory in a very difficult match. We struggled to find space for an hour. You always see room for improvement as a coach, but at the end of the day it’s only the three points that count.”

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Niko Kovac: “My team had a lot of opportunities, particularly in the first-half and we quickly pressed for an opening goal. The fact that we were unable to make use of those openings is proof of exactly where we need to improve. I am frustrated by the fact that, directly from our header against the post, we made several mistakes and conceded on the break.

“We tried everything right to the finish – and we had our chances after the break too – but that little bit of luck that VfL had eluded us.”

Andries Jonker: “We won 2-0 here just a few months ago and, on that occasion, we answered one of Frankfurt’s best chances to equalise with the decisive goal. That basically repeated itself today. Frankfurt were very close to getting a goal and, within seconds, we had the ball in the back of the net.

“We fought for every meter right the way through to the 94th minute – it was an extremely physical tie! In footballing terms, we certainly have room for improvement, nonetheless, we are delighted about the win.”

VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Mainz

Hannes Wolf: I am very satisfied with the game and the result. Due to the warm temperatures, the conditions were very, very difficult – that considered though, it was a really good match. We didn’t let much through today and, at the same time, created a lot going forward.

“On the whole, I am satisfied with our performances in every area of the pitch, with the exception of a couple of situations which we should have used better and got more shots away. The stadium was there – you can really feel the connection between the fans and the team. The fans provided the energy that drove us on today.”

Sandro Schwarz: “From the start it was a very, very intense game from both sides. Both had fast players and quick transition play. We could have played better in the first half, but lacked calmness. In the second half I found that we were in the game, but then conceded a goal from a set-piece.”

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 Hoffenheim

Heiko Herrlich: “We had a clear advantage in chances. It is annoying that the equaliser came. It is clear that we should have used our chances better. Before the 2-2 there was a clear foul on Benjamin Henrichs that should have been called.”

Julian Nagelsmann: “We had good morale today. We stayed strong and are glad to take the point. We had a few tricky situations to overcome in the first half, we were lucky. We started well, but then we sat deeper and deeper. That’s when it gets tough against Leverkusen.”

FC Augsburg 2-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Manuel Baum: “It took us until half time to deal with Borussia’s response to our early goal. The boys put in a really good second-half performance though. Looking at that penalty decision in the first half when the ball hit Vestergaard’s hand, I can’t understand why the video assistant hasn’t intervened. It should have been a spot kick.

Dieter Hecking: “I have to praise my team’s first-half performance; the way we were passing the ball around was delightful. We missed the chance to tighten our grip on the game though.

“Augsburg deserve credit for their efforts in the second 45. They caused us a number of problems with long passes, and we couldn’t win the second balls. It’s a fair draw in the end.”

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Hertha Berlin

Peter Bosz: “The atmosphere was unbelievable. It was great at the Supercup already, but today it was even better. I am satisfied with the result, but we still need to work on our game. More than anything, when in possession of the ball playing against such a compact opponent, we need to move the ball faster, and change sides more quickly.

“Nuri was often free, but it took too long for the ball to find its way to him. When Nuri got onto the ball in midfield areas, things became dangerous.

“It doesn’t make any difference to us that we are currently top of the table. I hope we will be able to say that after 34 games, that’s when it is important, but not after two games. Nevertheless, it is good we have started like this. We have scored five goals and conceded none. That’s strong.”

Pal Dardai: “I am angry that we didn’t manage to get one back. Overall, we were not aggressive enough going forward, but had a decent amount of chances nonetheless. The first goal was especially soft. All in all, it was a deserved win for Dortmund, they played better than we did.”

RB Leipzig 4-1 SC Freiburg

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “I am very happy that we won the game. Today was a top performance mentally from us all. 29 shots in 90 minutes says a lot about the game. Today we forced the win against Freiburg.”

Christian Streich: “The first half was good, then we conceded too quickly and had no chance against Leipzig.”

Hannover 1-0 Schalke

André Breitenreiter: “I’m simply happy that we won. Of course it was a special games but the most important thing is that we go into the international break with six points. We absolutely deserved to win as up to the 70th minute we played the better football.”

Domenico Tedesco: “Congratulations to Hannover. The win was deserved. We found it difficult to get into the game and our opponent managed to press us. After the break we got into the game more, but Hannover then took the lead in a good moment for them. That hurts.”

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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